Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/20/10 at 10:42 AM ET
from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,
Drawing on the history of great goaltenders who required taking a step back, Darren Pang believes the Blue Jackets should send Steve Mason to the minors to regain his confidence.
Drawing on nearly 40 years of NHL experience as a goalie and broadcaster, Glenn “Chico” Resch thinks Mason would benefit from a fresh set of eyes analyzing his game.
Drawing on a 1980s movie analogy, Daryl Reaugh says the Jackets need to keep putting Mason in the danger zone until his talents propel him.
“It’s like Maverick in Top Gun, you keep sending him back up until he breaks through.” said Reaugh, an analyst for Versus and the Dallas Stars. “This kid is way too good to be struggling like he is.”
While four former NHL goalies and current television analysts offered different takes on Mason, they all agreed that Mathieu Garon is capable of carrying the Blue Jackets as they try to get their 22-year-old franchise goalie untracked.
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